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Publishers Weekly’s enthusiastic and vocabulary-building review of Hungry Ghosts: “Stephen Blackmoore’s third urban fantasy featuring Los Angeles-based necromancer Eric Carter is freewheeling and laced with smart-alecky banter. As a consequence of his strategic marriage to Santa Muerte, Queen of Mictlan (the Aztec land of the dead), Carter is slowly petrifying into a jade statue, a fate shared by her other husband, Mictlantecuhtli. Carter knows that the only way to save his skin is to kill both of them. This leads to a concatenation of escapades that includes dalliances with the avatars of both the king and queen, a bargain with an incarnation of Quetzalcoatl, and a journey to Mictlan, where reanimated corpses and the titular ghosts run rampant.” Join Stephen for more smart-aleck banter at his in-store event!

Event date: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756409418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DAW - February 7th, 2017

 Necromancer Eric Carter's problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he's the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back -- and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone. To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can't trust either one. Carter's solution? Kill them both. 
If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact he'll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.

Broken Souls (Eric Carter #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756409425
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Published: DAW - August 5th, 2014

Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter's return to Los Angeles hasn't gone well, and it's about to get even worse. 
His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he's not sure how far it will go. He's starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he's losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis. 
While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte's hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone's form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere. 
Now Carter has to change the game -- go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who's either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter's own guilt-fueled psychotic break. 
Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week. 
He's hoping that's a good thing.

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Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407742
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Published: DAW - February 5th, 2013

 Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with. 
He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course. 
When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him. 
But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why. 
Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him. 
Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay. 
As long as they don't kill him first.

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